the last day of July, landlord Bob Miley showed up in Chillum, MD with
the intent of illegally evicting tenants of a house he "owns." He saw
from the end of the block that the area was packed with protesters and
beat a hasty retreat. With no court order he could not get police help
for his failed attempt to change the locks.
Knowing the eviction attempt is illegal under multiple MD state laws,
activists blocked all access to the house except for the tenants, and
confidently prepared to hold their ground. The MD Real Property Act
specifically forbids changing locks to force out tenants. In addition,
it takes 30 days notice by MD law just to FILE court papers for
eviction, then another 30 days before an eviction can be carried out.